Monday, February 10, 2014

Happy 70th Birthday, Ron...........

A few people on this earth are UNIQUE!  It's hard to buy a gift for them.  Of course, since Ron likes socks, that could have been his gift.  Or some other odd thing.......

I recently wrote about Ron when there was the great sock heist!  I wasn't willing to give him my Hot Stuff socks so I needed to create something that would be as unique as Ron.

This assemblage began with the photo of Ron and I taken 22 years ago.  He in the turquoise shirt, me hiding behind him, slightly.  I had not seen that photo until a few months ago.  Also didn't even recall where or why the photo was taken.  All I know is it was in Puerto Vallarta when I met Ron and Fred the first time.  A LONG friendship!

Each thing on this nicho assemblage has a meaning.  The 7 candles obviously represent the 70 years.  The drink represents allllllllll the pina coladas we have had while at the beach or wherever.  "Such a goof ball" in the center says it all.  He has a great sense of humor and many stories to tell.  After all he spent his life selling
and have you ever known a salesman who didn't have a zillion stories to tell?

The two napkins formed into a fan shape say Premium Quality Vintage Dude - The Man, The Myth, The Legend.  Oh so appropriate.  The yellow pin on the right side that says, "Hi! I can't remember your name either!" also is so appropriate.  If I had a dime for every time Ron has turned to me and behind his hand asked me what someone's name is, I would be a rich woman.

The photos on the right are of Ron and Fred that I cut out from a photo I took in Vallodolid when we were traveling last year.  All the stickers around that box are places they have traveled along with the flamingo which we saw in Celestun.

The center nicho has all things from Mexico.  A tiny sombrero, bottles of beer and one of tequila.  What more is needed?

I must say Ron was rather speechless when I gave him his gift last evening prior to his birthday party.  I have no idea where he will hide it, or possibly hang it in his office on his Wall of Fame.  I hope he likes it.  It was indeed a fun thing to assemble for him.

It's been at least six years since I've done anything creative and ten years since the last nicho assemblage.
Maybe I'll get my groove on again!

If not, I KNOW that the gift made for Ron is one of a kind!  Just like HIM!


Steve Cotton said...

What a great gift! I know that Ron appreciates having a friend every bit as unique as he is.

Dean Wylo said...

Oh what a fabulous gift! I'm sure he loved it. Who wouldn't? It's a love letter in 3D.

Thank you for sharing - and for the inspiration and idea!


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Cheryl said...

Love it! You could start a business

Ron Stephens said...

Thanks so much, Darlin' Barbara. It was a beautiful gift, and I not only love IT, but the time you spent creating it. The niche will be hung in a place of honor in our study, as soon as I can get Fred to find the drill (these concrete walls are just wonderful for hanging things....NOT). I love you, and travel safely tomorrow and good luck with all the "medical stuff" in Houston. (by the way, as I write this, there's a photo of Steve Cotton here, and just want all to know that's not me, I'm much younger).

Lynne (WinnieViews) said...

What a delightfully fun and creative gift! Surely to be worth much, much more to him than anything ever store-bought!

Hope this was also a worthy enough trade to get your socks back too!

Shannon said...

What a sweet, thoughtful and creative gift! I am sure your friend was thrilled.

Babs said...

Hi Everyone! I have crossed over to the frozen tundra, namely Houston!

I arrived to rain and freezing temps. However, my feet are warm in my HOT STUFF socks.

Dreary is an understatement for the weather.

Thanks for all your comments and praise. It was SUCH fun to make Ron's gift and other ideas are coming to mind...creative wise!

Anonymous said...

Now THAT is an AMAZING gift. It's personal, it's unique, it's beautiful, and it truly comes from the heart.

I'm officially wowed, and a smidgen envious of Ron.


Kim G
Boston, MA
Where I'm even MORE glad that we met during my "Magical Mexican Mountain Town Tour."